I have been thinking a lot about movies this weekend and also watching a lot of things about movies. YouTube has so much to offer that it is easy to get caught in the swirling vortex and emerge hours later, blinking at the light of a day you had forgotten about. CinemaSins, a YouTube channel dedicated to revealing the idiosyncrasies in popular films, is one of the best time suckers I have found in a while. One series they feature works off the premise of revealing “Everything wrong with insert film here in insert time here.” An example: “Everything Wrong with Iron Man in 4 Minutes or Less.” In these videos a hilarious running commentary on various carefully chosen scenes tallies up the so-called “sins” that these movies have committed.
What I love about these videos, outside of how side-achingly funny they are, is how much they poke fun at the numerous logical inconsistencies in popular cinema. They proudly proclaim that “No movie is without sin” and personally dedicate themselves to proving that statement. They have speared dozens of movies in varying lengths of time and various levels of vitriol, and I seldom find myself disagreeing with them. What sets them apart from the usual herd of people carping about continuity and plot arcs is the extreme reliance on logic. For instance, one video entirely breaks down the time-turner plot line in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which has driven me insane for a while because it doesn’t logically track and is never fully explained.
Another great aspect of this series of videos is its reliance on the belief that no movie really is without these issues. Even if you see a movie on there you absolutely love, hearing it broken down and poked fun at is a lot easier to take when it is couched in the concept that every single movie ever made could be fodder for this particular joke.
If you are looking for even more hilarious and logical fun-poking at your favorite (or least favorite) movies, check out Screen Junkies “Honest Trailers” series, which does something similar to the series mentioned above, but focuses exclusively on movie trailers. Both of these are great ways to clear your head if, like me, you easily get caught up in cinematic magic and sometimes need to be de-programmed and brought back down to earth just a little bit. While laughing uproariously. 🙂
And if you want to get super Inception-y and watch this video, in which they poke fun at themselves for poking fun. So have fun friends, and enjoy feeling your weekend slip away from you.